100+ Birds Malaga Bird Watching Tour (Costa del Sol, Andalucia, Southern Spain)

Chaffinches, Stonechats, Chiffchaffs, Chaffinches, Stonechats, Chiffchaffs...

Have a look at the pictures and the complete list of birds observed!

Mark was so excited about our second birding tour together, that he was waiting for me before 6:00 at the door of his hotel. We were meeting very early to have a chance to hear the Tawny Owls before dawn, and we could even had a first coffee at the Fuente de la Reina bar before coming into the Montes reserve, but the bar was still closed so early! But it was worthwhile in the end as the Tawny Owl was our first tick on the list.

Other nice birds there were Common Crossbills, Hawfinch, Crested Tit, Firecrest and a nice couple of Sparrowhawks.

El Torcal produced most of the expected birds, including Thekla Lark, Black Wheatear, Griffon Vulture and Rock Bunting, with a nice Iberian Grey Shrike from the car on our way to Fuente de Piedra.

As days are very short this month, we did not spent much time at the Visitors Centre to focus on the farmlands as we were visiting the mouth of the Guadalhorce at the end of the day. Anyway, we got nice views of the Bluethroat apart from White Stork, Crested Lark, Spanish Sparrow, Water Pipit and lots of Common Cranes in the lake.

We had lunch at the base of the Peñarrubia cliff, where we could tick Rock Dove and Peregrine Falcon, with great views of an attempt by the male on a Rock Dove and both falcons flying together.

We found the Booted Eagle at Zapata, and also the Corn Bunting, that we had been missing all day long.

The visit to the Guadalhorce was not enough to get the 100 birds, we still got Spoonbill, Osprey, Mediterranean Gull, Kentish Plover, Hoopoe, Black-necked Grebe and White-headed Duck with the last lights of the day to close a fantastic tour around one of the most biodiverse regions of Spain.

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Complete list of the 93 species observed:

  SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME
1 Black Redstart  Phoenicurus ochruros
2 Black Wheatear  Oenanthe leucura
3 Blackbird  Turdus merula
4 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
5 Black-headed Gull  Chroicocephalus ridibundus
6 Black-necked Grebe  Podiceps nigricollis
7 Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus
8 Blue Tit  Cyanistes caeruleus
9 Bluethroat  Luscinia svecica
10 Booted Eagle  Aquila pennata
11 Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis
12 Cetti’s Warbler  Cettia cetti
13 Chaffinch  Fringilla coelebs
14 Chiffchaff  Phylloscopus collybita
15 Coal Tit  Periparus ater
16 Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
17 Common Buzzard  Buteo buteo
18 Common Crossbill  Loxia curvirostra
19 Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos
20 Coot  Fulica atra
21 Cormorant  Phalacrocorax carbo
22 Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra
23 Crag Martin  Ptyonoprogne rupestris
24 Crane  Grus grus
25 Crested Lark  Galerida cristata
26 Crested Tit  Lophophanes cristatus
27 Firecrest  Regulus ignicapilla
28 Flamingo  Phoenicopterus roseus
29 Gannet  Morus bassanus
30 Golden Plover  Pluvialis apricaria
31 Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis
32 Great Crested Grebe  Podiceps cristatus
33 Great Spotted Woodpecker  Dendrocopos major
34 Great Tit  Parus major
35 Green Sandpiper  Tringa ochropus
36 Green Woodpecker  Picus viridis
37 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris
38 Greenshank  Tringa nebularia
39 Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea
40 Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
41 Griffon Vulture  Gyps fulvus
42 Hawfinch  Coccothraustes coccothraustes
43 Hoopoe  Upupa epops
44 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
45 Iberian Grey Shrike  Lanius meridionalis
46 Jackdaw  Corvus monedula
47 Jay  Garrulus glandarius
48 Kentish Plover  Charadrius alexandrinus
49 Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus
50 Lapwing  Vanellus vanellus
51 Lesser Black-backed Gull  Larus fuscus
52 Linnet Carduelis cannabina
53 Little Egret  Egretta garzetta
54 Little Grebe  Tachybaptus ruficollis
55 Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos
56 Marsh Harrier  Circus aeruginosus
57 Meadow Pipit  Anthus pratensis
58 Mediterranean Gull  Larus melanocephalus
59 Mistle Thrush  Turdus viscivorus
60 Monk Parakeet  Myiopsitta monachus
61 Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus
62 Nuthatch  Sitta europaea
63 Osprey  Pandion haliaetus
64 Peregrine Falcon  Falco peregrinus
65 Pochard  Aythya ferina
66 Raven  Corvus corax
67 Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa
68 Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
69 Robin Erithacus rubecula
70 Rock Bunting  Emberiza cia
71 Rock Dove Columba livia
72 Sanderling  Calidris alba
73 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
74 Serin  Serinus serinus
75 Short-toed Treecreeper  Certhia brachydactyla
76 Shoveler  Anas clypeata
77 Siskin Carduelis spinus
78 Snipe  Gallinago gallinago
79 Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis
80 Sparrowhawk  Accipiter nisus
81 Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
82 Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor
83 Starling Sturnus vulgaris
84 Stonechat  Saxicola torquatus
85 Tawny Owl Strix aluco
86 Teal  Anas crecca
87 Thekla Lark Galerida theklae
88 Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta
89 White Stork Ciconia ciconia
90 White Wagtail Motacilla alba
91 White-headed Duck  Oxyura leucocephala
92 Wigeon Anas penelope
93 Wood Pigeon  Columba palumbus
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